Throughout the years, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has benefited from having a library school on campus. Graduates of the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) (now School of Information or iSchool) who have worked in the Cracchiolo Law Library include, Francisco Avalos, Carol Elliott, and Arturo Torres. Current College of Law librarians Cas Laskowski, Cynthia Condit, and Teresa Miguel-Stearns also are graduates of SIRLS. Creating and mentoring law librarians has always been part of what we do at Cracchiolo Law Library.
In 2000, the Cracchiolo Law Library launched the Law Library Fellowship program. It was the culmination of an idea Associate Dean for Information Services Michael Chiorazzi had been contemplating and planning for several years. Dean Chiorazzi saw the importance of experienced librarians mentoring the next generation of law librarians, as well as the value of providing new librarians with teaching experience before they enter the professional world. He drew much of his inspiration from his mentor, the late Marian Gallagher, Professor and Director Emerita from the University of Washington's School of Law. In 1940, Professor Gallagher began what was at the time the only law librarianship program in the United States. Her graduates have shaped the profession of law librarianship.
Using existing personnel lines he established law library fellowships for law graduates. The Cracchiolo Law Library Fellowship required that applicants had graduated from an ABA accredited law school. Working with the School of Information, the law library offered a unique curriculum that prepared students for law library careers in all types of law libraries.
The Program Today
In the fall of 2020, under the guidance of Dean Miguel-Stearns and in recognition of the changing face of the field of law and legal work, the Fellows' Program was expanded. The program now includes individuals with a bachelor's degree or greater. Experience in the legal field, with legal research and/or a degree in a related field is strongly preferred. Individuals with a degree or experience in technology are welcomed as well as those with foreign language skills.
Fellows work 20 hours a week in the Law Library. They learn about the overall functions and practices of the law library, gaining experience in both technical services and public services departments. Fellows may staff the circulation and reference desks and monitor online circulation and reference requests. They participate as teaching assistants in a variety of courses taught by law librarians, including 1L legal research, analysis, and communication and law practice management and technology. Fellows create research guides, participate in student outreach, serve on library committees, and assist with faculty research requests. Special projects may involve work with the Special Collections librarian, chairing a strategic planning committee, or presenting research sessions to clinics and/or student groups. Fellows are encouraged to join and participate in state, regional, and national law library associations.
Fellows are hired as graduate assistants and receive excellent benefits, including tuition reduction and health insurance. They are responsible for program and other fees of approximately $750 a semester. The hourly compensation is $22.00/hour. Fellows remain in the program until completion of their master's degree..
In addition to the basic School of Information curriculum, Fellows are required to take the following law library courses: Law Library Practice and Administration (LAW/LIS 681E), Teaching Legal Research (LAW/LIS 689A), and Advanced Legal Research (LAW 689). Fellows may apply for a separate internship project or independent study credits in the library which are completed outside the regular 20 hours per week. Graduates receive an M.A. in Library and Information Science and have the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Legal Information through their coursework in the iSchool.
The Law Library Practice and Administration course meets the need for professional mentoring that is important in training the next generation of law librarians. The course explores the issues that arise in the daily operation of a law library including digital legal information systems, collection development, law library administration, leadership and management, diversity, equity and inclusion, teaching in law school, database management technological development, professional ethics, and intellectual property issues.
The Teaching Legal Research course is unique to the Fellowship program. The course provides Fellows with extensive experience in developing learning objectives, designing lesson plans, creating effective exercises, and engaging students in the classroom for a variety of legal research topics. The principles learned in Teaching Legal Research can be transferred to a variety of settings, including academic law library, firm, government, and business settings.
The School of Information in partnership with the Law Library developed a new certificate program that will be available fall 2021. The new Legal Information Graduate Certificate coursework reflects the reality of today's job market and changes in the field of law and legal information. Anyone admitted to the School of Information, including Fellows, will be eligible to complete the requirements for the certificate. Fellows may also be interested in other certificate programs offered by the iSchool, including digital curation, archival studies, and medical and community health information.
The Law Library and its exceptional Team of librarians and paraprofessionals are wholly invested in the success of our Fellows. To learn more about the Law Library, the Library Team, and what we do, review our 2021Annual Report.
While the Law Library Fellowship program is still young —just nineteen years old—many of its graduates have already gone on to distinguish themselves in the profession. Here are four examples:
Jane Larrington graduated from the Fellowship program in 2007. Prior to becoming a fellow, Jane earned her Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School. She then interned for Southern Arizona Legal Aid in Tucson, and the Community Law Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. She worked as a Staff Attorney for the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence and then for the Southwest Center for Law and Policy. After earning her M.A. in IRLS and completing the fellowship, Jane accepted a position as Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Library where she taught Advanced Legal Research courses, and provided research, cite-checking and editing support to faculty members. After three years at Thomas Jefferson, Jane took a position as Reference Librarian and Faculty Services Librarian at the University of San Diego Legal Research Center where, among other duties, she has built a formal faculty services program, supervises research assistants, co-teaches Advanced Legal Research and Legal Research Bootcamp, and provides reference services. Jane now holds the position of Associate Director and Head of Public Services at the University of San Diego Legal Research Center. Jane has been a leader in the field of law librarianship, and most recently won the AALL Emerging Leader Award (2015).
Charles (C.J.) Pipins graduated from the Fellowship program in 2009. C.J. earned his Juris Doctor for New York Law School in 2007 and worked in the Mendik Law Library there until 2008. Reflecting on what brought him to the fellowship program, C.J. observes that he realized that the practice of law was not going to be a perfect fit for him, but he absolutely loved the work he did in the law library as a student. He knew that he needed and wanted a library degree. Camille Broussard, then the deputy director and now the current director and associate dean for information services, encouraged him to seek diverse experience and mentoring. So he chose the fellowship in Arizona for the chance to work in a new place, and of course to learn from Mike Chiorazzi. After completing the fellowship at the Cracchiolo Law Library, C.J. became a Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. There, C.J. gained extensive teaching experience, and provided reference services to faculty, staff and the public. In 2013, C.J. accepted a position as Research Librarian at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland in Baltimore. In addition to providing reference services, he taught Advanced Legal Research courses, as well as several sessions of the Introduction to Legal Research course in the first year curriculum. C.J. has been an active presenter at CALI, SEALL and AALL Conferences for several years. He recently stepped down as Chair of AALL's CRIV committee. In 2019, C.J. became the Associate Director of Public Services at the University of Baltimore Law Library in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ryan Harrington, a 2008 graduate of the Fellowship Program, began his law librarianship career as the Head of Reference and a Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law Library after completing his fellowship. He provided domestic, foreign, comparative, international and interdisciplinary reference to students and faculty. He also served as a liaison and provided research instruction and guides to Yale Law School clinics. Ryan has published many articles and given several presentations, as well as teaching courses in Foreign and International Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research, and Efficient Legal Research. Previously, he served as Legal Officer and Librarian for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in Vienna, Austria. Ryan returned to the U.S. and was Reference Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, In 2021, Ryan returned to Yale Law Library where he is Associate Director of Graduate Programs. Ryan's many accomplishments have been recognized with awards including the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award for Understanding the Other International Agreements, and the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award.
Lee Van Duzer received his J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2005, and worked as a law clerk and as a teacher before becoming a Law Library Fellow at the Cracchiolo Law Library. After completing the fellowship in 2009, Lee accepted a position as Branch Librarian for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Jose, California where he provided research assistance to judges and staff, served on the Web Development and Cooperative Collection Development committees, and managed the branch budget and collection. While at the court, Lee's extraordinary service was recognized with two service awards. Lee also was Chair of the SR-SIS Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues in AALL during 2013-2014. Most recently, Lee has accepted a position as a Law Librarian with the Washington County Law Library in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The Fellowship has deep roots and continues to thrive, as exemplified by this growing list of graduates, two of whom graduated from ASU and seven from the Rogers College of Law (*).
- Jennifer Rochelle (2021), Assistant Professor of Practice & Coordinator and Advisor for M.A. LIS, University of Arizona iSchool, Tucson, Arizona; previously Instructor, B.A. in Information Science & eSociety Program, University of Arizona iSchool, Tucson, Arizona.
- Alex Hutchings (2021), Research & Student Services Librarian, University of Richmond Law Library, Richmond, Virginia.
- Rebecca Plevel (2021), Reference Librarian, University of South Carolina Coleman Karesh Law Library, Columbia, South Carolina.
- Devan Orr (2020), Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian, William & Mary Wolf Law Library, Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Savannah Long (2020), Digital Services & Reference Librarian, University of Baltimore School of Law Library, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Christina Blood (2020), Law Clerk, Department of Justice, Tampa, Florida.
- Lori Carson (2020), Boise, Idaho.
- Jacob Gottfredson (2019), Branch Law Librarian, Richard C. Lee United States Courthouse of the 2nd Circuit, New Haven, Connecticut.
- Katelyn Golsby (2019), Reference & Outreach Librarian, University of Miami Law Library, Coral Gables, Florida; previously Library Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New Mexico Law School Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Kathleen Lynch (2019), Reference Librarian, Elon University School of Law Library, Greensboro, North Carolina.
- Jacob Fishman (2019), formerly Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law, The Maloney Library, Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York.
- James Riley (2018), Associate, Fletcher, Struse, Fickbohm & Wagner, Tucson, Arizona.
- Ryan Rozanski (2018), Senior Competitive Intelligence Research Specialist, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, previously Research Analyst, Quarles & Brady LLP, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Michelle Penn (2018), Faculty Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law Library, Denver, Colorado; previously: Faculty Services Librarian, The Maloney Library, Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York.
- Dan Fitzpatrick (2018),Practice Management Attorney, State Bar of Arizona; previously: Director of Compliance & General Counsel, Oaktree Funding Corp., Chandler, Arizona; Legal Spend Analyst, Elevate Services, Phoenix, Arizona; previously Associate Attorney, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Sarah Slinger (2017), Head of Instructional Services, Florida International University Law Library, Miami, Florida; previously Reference & Instructional Services Librarian, University of Miami Law Library, Coral Gables, Florida, previously Reference Librarian, William W. Cook Legal Research Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Nicholas Mignanelli (2017), Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; previously Librarian Assistant Professor, Reference Librarian (Instructional Services), and Lecturer in Law, University of Miami Law Library, Coral Gables, Florida.
- Anastasia Housley (2017), Research Analyst, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Phoenix, Arizona.*
- Cas Laskowski (2016), Technology and Empirical Services Librarian, Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona; previously Technology and Research Services Librarian and Lecturing Fellow, J. Michael Goodson Law Library, Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina, previously Reference Librarian and Lecturing Fellow, J. Michael Goodson Law Library, Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina.
- Rick Jones (2016), Volunteer, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, Arizona.
- Youngwoo Ban (2016), Research Librarian and Assistant Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, previously Reference Librarian & Assistant Professor of Law, Indiana Tech Law School, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Laura Vlieg (2016), Photographer, Laura Vlieg Photography, Dayton, Ohio; previously Research Librarian & Assistant Professor, Wiener-Rogers Law Library, University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Jonathan Voigt (2016), Law Librarian, Maricopa Superior Court Law Library and Resource Center, Phoenix, Arizona; previously Information Services Librarian, State Library of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Jill Sturgeon (2015), Instructional Services and Research Librarian, William A Wise Library Library, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado, previously Access Services Librarian, William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado.
- Craig Cohen (2015), previously Law Librarian, Colorado Supreme Court Library, Denver, Colorado.
- Abigail Deese (2015), Law Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Research Services, MacMillan Law Library, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia; previously Assistant Law Librarian for Reference, MacMillan Law Library, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, previously Evening & Weekend Reference Librarian, Elon School of Law Library, Greensboro, North Carolina.
- Katie Ginnane Hanschke (2014), Head of Instruction and Access Services and Lecturer in Law, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, previously Reference Librarian, North Carolina Central School of Law Library, Durham, North Carolina.
- Margaret Keil-Morse (2014), Faculty Services Librarian, Assistant Librarian, and Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Maurer School of Law Library, previously Reference Librarian, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library; formerly Law Librarian, State Library of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Megan Austin (2014), Law Instruction Librarian, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon; previously Library Specialist and Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona.*
- Patrick Parsons (2014), Associate Director for Legal Technology & Innovation and Executive Director of the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative, Georgia State University College of Law Library, Atlanta, Georgia; previously Research Instructional Services Librarian, Georgia State University College of Law Library, Atlanta, Georgia; previously Reference Librarian, Coleman Karesh Law Library, University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina.
- Sabrina Davis (2013), Instructional, Reference & Outreach Librarian, Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library, Houston, Texas; previously Research Librarian, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, Texas, previously Reference Librarian, Chickasaw Nation Law Library, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.*
- Robert O'Leary (2013), Reference Librarian, Archives Manager, and Adjunct Professor of Law, California Western School of Law Library, San Diego, California; previously Outreach and Digital Initiatives Librarian, New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- Jennifer Cook (2013), Knowledge Collaboration Manager, Office of General Counsel, Raytheon, Tucson, Arizona.
- Eric Prosser (2013), Engineering & Entrepreneurship Librarian, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona; previously Copyright Librarian, Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.
- Daneal Grotenhouse (2012), Client Partner, Facebook, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Cindy Hirsch (2012), Reference Librarian, California Western School of Law Library, San Diego, California, previously Reference Librarian, University of Maine Law School Library, Portland, Maine; previously Reference and Access Services Librarian, Elon University School of Law Library, Greensboro, North Carolina.
- David DeCabooter (2011), Policy Consultant, Arizona School Boards Association, Phoenix, Arizona.*
- Bradley Nichols (2011), Technical Writer, Austin Texas; previously Copyright Officer, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
- Steven Ellis (2011), Retired; previously Foreign and International Law and Senior Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer in Law, Fineman & Pappas Law Library, Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.
- T.J. Striepe (2011), Director, Alexander King Campbell Law Library, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia; previously Associate Director for Research Services, Alexander King Campbell Law Library, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia; previously Faculty Services Librarian, Alexander King Campbell Law Library, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia.
- Cynthia Condit (2011), Associate Librarian, Head of Circulation, Professor of Practice, and Director, Law Library Fellows Program, Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona; previously Reference and Faculty Services Librarian, William J. Jameson Law Library, University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law, Missoula, Montana.*
- Alexandra Lee Delgado (2010), previously Reference Librarian and Professor of Practice, Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona; previously E-Resources Librarian, Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford Law School, Stanford, California.*
- C. J. Pipins (2010), Associate Director, Public Services, University of Baltimore Law Library, Baltimore, Maryland; previously Reference Librarian, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland; previously Reference Librarian, Florida Coastal School of Law Library, Jacksonville, Florida.
- Lee Van Duzer (2009), Law Librarian, Washington County Law Library, Hillsboro, Oregon; previously Librarian, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, San Jose, California.
- Katy Stein Badeaux (2008), Head of Faculty Services, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas; previously Faculty Services Librarian, Sarita Kennedy East Law Library, St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas.
- Lori Fossum (2008), Reference and National Security and Foreign Relations Librarian, Jacob Burns Law Library, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., previously Reference Librarian, Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington.
- Sean Crane (2008), previously Reference Librarian at Cracchiolo Law Library.
- Ryan Harrington, (2008), Associate Director of Graduate Programs, Yale Law Library, New Haven, Connecticut; previously Reference Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; previously Legal Officer and Librarian, UNCITRAL: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Legislative Office, Vienna, Austria; previously Head of Foreign and International Law and Lecturer in Legal Research, Yale Law Library, New Haven, Connecticut.
- Andrew Cannon (2008), Attorney, American Fork, Utah.
- Michael Bird (2007), Head of Public Services, Capital University Law Library, Columbus, Ohio, previously Reference Librarian, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library, Auburn Hills, Michigan.*
- Jane Larrington (2007), Associate Director & Head of Public Services, Legal Research Center, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California; previously Reference Librarian, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Library, San Diego, California.
- Phillip Gragg (2006), Associate Dean for Information Resources and Director of Library, California Western School of Law Library, San Diego, California; previously, Director, Concordia University School of Law Library, Boise, Idaho; previously Reference Librarian, LSU Law Library, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Brandon Baker (2006), Head of Reference and Access Services and Adjunct Professor of Law, previously Reference Librarian and Stack Manager, and Adjunct Professor of Law, California Western School of Law Library, San Diego, California.
- Heather Phillips (2006), Assistant Branch Librarian, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Library, San Diego, California.
- Alan Pannell (2005), Script Consultant, Screenwriter and Story Analyst; previously Head of Reference and Instructor, William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder Colorado.
- David Lehmann (2005), retired; previously Electronic Resources Librarian, Coleman Karesh Law Library, University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina.
- Elisa Donnadieu (2003), Attorney, Maricopa County Public Defender, Phoenix, Arizona.*
- Nicholas Jackson (2002), Librarian, Crossroads Christian Academy, Panama City, Panama; previously Foreign/International Librarian, duPont-Ball Library, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida.
- Jennifer Murray (2002), previously Law Library Assistant Director and Public Access to Court Services Administrator, Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, Arizona.
In addition, a number of librarians who were not part of the law librarian fellowship but students of Professor Chiorazzi and graduated from SIRLS include:
- Eugenia Charles-Newton (SIRLS Knowledge River fellow 2010), Council Delegate, Navajo Nation, Shiprock, New Mexico; previously Wyoming State Law Librarian, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Reference Librarian, Texas Tech Law School.
- Jez Gaddoura, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, previously Head of Technical Services, Cracchiolo Law Library.
- Amy Hale-Janeke, Independent Legal Research Specialist, Lubbock, Texas.
- Jean Mattimoe, Collection Development/Reference Librarian and Associate Professor at University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho.
- Teresa Miguel-Stearns (SIRLS Knowledge River fellow 2006), Director, Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona (since 2020); previously, Director, Yale Law Library.
- Brian van Pottelsberghe, Head of Public Services, Thomas Cooley School of Law Library, Tampa Bay, Florida.
Contact Director of the Fellowship Program Cynthia Condit for more information.
Apply to the Program
Candidates interested in applying to the Fellowship Program must have a bachelor's degree or greater. Experience with legal research and/or degree in related field, including technology, is preferred. Applications for the Fellowship are considered after acceptance into the School of Information master's program, which candidates must apply to separately.
There is a two-step application process for admission:
Step 1: SCHOOL OF INFORMATION APPLICATION PROCESS
- Online application for admission to the graduate college.
- Written statement of interest.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Two official transcripts from each college or university attended.
- Resume or curriculum vitae of education and work experience.
- Full details available on the iSchool Admissions page.
Step 2: FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION
- Letter of interest.
- Resume or curriculum vitae of education and work experience.
- Three professional references (email and phone).
- Submit all application materials in one email to Cas Laskowski at email@example.com.
Candidates with questions, please contact Cas Laskowski, Director of the Library Fellows' Program.
Last updated: 04.15.2022 / cbc